Subject: Re: Cruise News
Hi to all,

Having been on a cruise ship that caught fire several years ago, I can relate to the passengers on a burning, or even smoke filled ship. It is not anything that one forgets even after a length of time.

If you do go on a cruise, pay particular attention to the practice drill that occurs soon after boarding, the method of checking the passengers, and read the instructions that should be posted in your cabin. Look for the fastest way to your muster station before you need to do so.

Things to rememmber, even in a hotel room are: Where is the exit? Where are the things I will realy need, such as my medicine, my glasses? Where are my cover-up clothes--shoes, long sleeeved shirts, my airplane tickets, my credit cards? For a long time I never went to bed without having everyting where I could grab it in case of an emergency exit.

If you have time and are wakened in the middle of the night is to go to the bathroom beore you don the life jacket and proceed to the muster station. In our case, the bathroom was not available for 5 hours (3 am to 8 am) after we gathered on the deck, prepared to enter lifeboats.

The fire was put out, luckily, beofre any exteme emergency procedures were in place, but we had multiple arrangements to manage as the cruise ended at that point.

On this past trip, Semester at Sea, a young man went overboard, and after he was miraculously saved (a miracle, the captain said, as that on a calm day in daylight, the chances were practically ZERO) at 1 am. we all had to proceed to the muster stations for a head count.

Many experiences never to be forgotten.